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Our friend, journalist and filmmaker Mary Catherine Brouder has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a short film.
"A Price Worth Paying"
The shocking untold story of Irish farmers who were poisoned by a giant alumina plant - and how the government fought to silence them.
Mary Catherine asks us to: "Please share this link around and get involved if you can!! Thank you!"
http://kck.st/2DfC85E

A Price Worth Paying

 This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 25 2019

The sad saga of John Barry’s house in Mallorca

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 14:06

Over the last few years, a couple of people had contacted us about the possibility of purchasing and restoring John’s former property and asking for contact information.

One of them, a resident of Germany, duly set about purchasing it but received several warnings of likely problems from various consultants.

Firstly, law changes made 8 years ago stipulated that houses must be finished within 3 years after getting the building permit – and this house has been unfinished and empty for the last 40 years.

Secondly, the area where the house is placed has become a “green zone" area; and it’s forbidden to build any housing there.

Thirdly, the house is much too big for the little (14,000 sq m) plot. This plot size allows houses of max 3% of the plot which is about 450 sq m. John Barry’s house is 1600 sq m!!

Fourthly, the house has 3 storeys; the maximum allowed now is 2 storeys. This would mean, in the worst case scenario, partial demolition and the loss of the overall unique design.

Acquiring all this information cost him 10,000 Euros!

The Spanish lawyer who was in charge of selling the house, was not being very helpful, but he did have a real estate agent who handled it. After eighteen months, he started to push for a sale, claiming he had a second buyer, also from Germany, who was interested.

This was taken to be merely selling technique, since the house was not even visibly on the market, and in any case the original interested party had even more concerns. He explained that he needed more time to talk to all relevant government departments, to see if there was any possibility of exception to the rules. Furthermore, the island had recently undergone a change of government and things were changing -- nobody was able to confirm anything which had a legal basis for buying the house.

However, it turned out there really was a second buyer and he duly completed the purchase at the beginning of this year - 2016!

The new owner also liked the history of the house and thought he would get the building licence within 3 months – but this was 6 months ago. Apparently it has become much more difficult to get the licence, and “the Spanish time runs much, much slower then German time.”

We are told that it could take up to 3 years and then you learn if you can finish the house -- or you have to break it down.

August, 2014

October 2016


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Both sets with kind permission.


Martin Crosthwaite interviews John Barry

1979

MC: Now you are residing in Hollywood, was there a specific reason why you decided to leave England?

JB: I left England and was living in Spain where I was in the process of having a house built. During which time I was offered, Eleanor and Franklin (1976) for American television. So I went to the States in October 1975 for six weeks to do that job, but have stayed ever since. It wasn't my intention to do so, but then I got offered King Kong (1976), then Robin and Marian (1976) for Richard Lester, which was an immediate situation. Initially I lived at the Beverly Hills Hotel, bungalow 15.

MC: So you still have your house in Spain?

JB: I’m trying to sell it (he laughs) – it’s unfinished. The builder is still there with a brick in his hand waiting for my next direction.

 

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Specialising in book publications and CD releases about John Barry and our book "Hit ans Miss: The Story of The John Barry Seven.

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Have a look at our old "Play It Again" label website here.

Play It Again Records CD catalogue offered the discerning listener a wide choice of digitally re-mastered recordings from film and television, and rare collections of work from the likes of Don Black and Ron Grainer.

Contact the JB site

If you wish to send an email, for example with content for the website, please contact Geoff Leonard:

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A lot more James Bond concerts collected on the link below, I have put them all in this news item. So check it out from there!

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 James Bond Concert Spectacular

Q The Music Show
James Bond Concert Spectacular
Sunday 24nd November 2019
7:30pm
West Cliff Theatre
Tower Road
Clacton-on-Sea
CO15 1LE

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Guest Compere: Caroline Bliss – Moneypenny in The Living Daylights & Licence To Kill.


 

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Q The Music Show
James Bond Concert Spectacular

Saturday 14th March 2020
7:30pm

Wycombe Swan
St Mary St,
High Wycombe HP11 2XE,
United Kingdom

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Guest Compere: Caroline Munro – The Spy Who Loved Me


 James Bond Spectacular

Q The Music Show
James Bond Concert Spectacular

Friday 1st May 2020
7:30pm

Watford Colosseum
Rickmansworth Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17 3JN

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Guest Compere: Madeline Smith - Live And Let Die


Q The Music Show
James Bond Concert Spectacular

Sunday 3rd May 2020
7:30pm

The Spa Pavilion
Undercliff Road West
Felixstowe
Suffolk
IP11 2DX

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Guest Compare: Madeline Smith – Live And Let Die


London Show Band

Q The Music Show
James Bond Concert Spectacular

Sunday 7th June 2020
7:30pm

White Rock Theatre
White Rock
Hastings
East Sussex
TN34 1JX

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Guest Compare : Caroline Bliss – The Living Daylights & License to Kill